Math placement at GMC is a non-threatening process for helping students determine the best starting place for them to achieve their mathematical requirements and objectives at GMC. All GMC students must take an SLATE Quantitative Analysis course (i.e. the math requirement), and most GMC students will seek to take other math courses as well in order to meet major requirements, prepare themselves for graduate studies or future careers, or just to explore new and beautiful ideas. The math placement process is designed to help make sure their first math class meets their educational goals and falls into the Goldilocks zone—not too easy and not too hard!
For most students, the starting point for this process is the math placement test, an on-line test designed to assess a student’s mathematical preparedness for college-level mathematics. The results are used by the Learning Center, the Registrar’s Office, and a student’s adviser in determining which courses would be appropriate starting math courses based upon a student’s comprehension of mathematical skills and concepts. The score on the placement test is compared with the student’s SAT and/or ACT score for a more accurate assessment. Students who have concerns about the math placement test are encouraged to arrange a meeting with the director of the math program, Kenneth Mulder (email@example.com). Kenneth can provide more personal guidance regarding math placement.
The following new students are required to take the GMC math placement test:
- Students who scored below a 500 on the math portion of the SATs or below a 22 on the math portion of the ACTs.
- Students who did not report a math SAT or ACT score and did not transfer in appropriate math credits.
Students who scored a 500 or higher on the math portion of the SATs or a 22 or higher on the math portion of the ACTs may opt to take the GMC math placement exam if they believe they are ready for a higher-level math course.
Placement levels are as follows:
|Mastered||Not-yet-mastered||ACT Score||SAT Score||Potential First
|Level 1||Undetermined||Beginning College Math||< 18||< 450||CLC 0999|
|Level 2||Beginning College Math||Intermediate Algebra||18 - 21||450 - 490||SLA 1104|
|Level 3||Intermediate Algebra||Pre-Calculus||22 - 25||500 - 580||SLA 1105
|Level 4||Pre-Calculus||Calculus I||>25||> 580||SLA 2106
SLA 1104 Enhanced Quantitative Environmental Analysis
SLA 1105 Quantitative Environmental Analysis
SLA 1106 Games, Systems, and Sustainability
MAT 1013 Pre-Calculus
MAT 1015 Intro to Statistics
SLA 2106 Systems Dynamics
MAT 1031 Calculus
Recommended courses for each level are as follows:
Level 1: Students placing at this level must successfully complete Beginning College Math (CLC 0999) prior to moving to Level 2 and taking Enhanced Quantitative Environmental Analysis to satisfy their SLATE math requirement.
Level 2: Students placing at this level should take Enhanced Quantitative Environmental Analysis (SLA 1104) which will satisfy their SLATE math requirement. After completing E-QEA, they may take any 1000-level math course.
Level 3: Students placing at this level may take any 1000-level math class with the exception of Calculus I and II.
Level 4: Students placing at this level may take Calculus I (MAT 1031) or Calculus II (MAT 1032) or a higher-level SLATE math class.
Any questions regarding preparedness for a particular math course should be directed to the director of the math program, Kenneth Mulder (firstname.lastname@example.org). The math placement test is only one tool we can use to find the right math course for students.
Math Placement Exam
Preparing for the Placement Exam
Preparing for the placement exam by reviewing some of the material from the last math class a student took will give us a better understanding of a student’s preparation. Please note this is not a test anyone can fail. The test is there to help us help you!
Retaking the Placement Exam
If you believe your test results are not representative of your math preparation, you may retake the exam. Please email Kenneth Mulder (email@example.com) to arrange this. You may also simply arrange a time to meet with Kenneth to discuss your math background personally.